This is an interesting post about tipping: http://beingbostonian.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/youre-an-adult-learn-how-to-tip/
Let’s start with his Key Point:
10% = Bad Service, 15% = Below Average Service, 20% = Satisfactory Service
Good post. Having been a server in the past I can agree with most everything you stated.
But… When does Bad Service = No Tip?
Just curious. I had some horrible service recently. I mean horrible. And when it came time for the gratuity (doesn’t gratuity mean optional?) I was tempted to stiff the guy completely. ..As of today, I have never not tipped. But I still curious… When does an optional tip mean “No Tip”?
I believe the #2 sums it up best, without obligation. Why then do they add a “Gratuity” automatically for larger parties? Why does a cruise add a “Gratuity”? It seems they are stretching the use of the word “gratuity”.